In the column by Lance Dickie [“Weigh all the benefits of the Columbia River Treaty,” Opinion, March 14], there is a reference to U.S. environmental legislation. The environmental causes are costing the U.S. people more than any other costs that are legislated. This in part is the hold on infrastructure improvements. Environmental issues should be held to a common-sense rule.
Since the treaty’s inception, the Columbia River and its dams have provided cheap power, flood control and irrigation to the citizens of the Northwest. If the extreme environmentalists have their way, energy’s cost would go up more than any change in the working relationship between U.S. and Canada demands.
In another energy problem, to lower energy costs of gasoline, it is necessary for the state of Washington, as a provider of a port for foreign transport and also providing the only oil refineries in the Northwest, to allow the increase shipping of United States oil by rail.
This inconvenience would be mitigated by cheaper gasoline or additional funds provided to its citizens. Today in Alaska, the oil companies, with U.S. Legislature agreement, provide a yearly funding system for each citizen.
Jim Morris, Renton